Security adviser is out in Afghanistan

Cheryl Sanders
August 28, 2018

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has rejected the resignations of three senior security officials in his cabinet, after the country's national security adviser stepped down and was replaced, his office says.

The resignations from Defence Minister Tariq Shah Bahrami and Interior Minister Wais Barmak, as well as Masoom Stanekzai, head of the National Directorate of Security, were submitted on Saturday, hours after National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar quit.

Ghani's chief adviser Fazel Fazly has revealed the resignation was demanded by the president following "failures" in the security sector. Articles appear on for a limited time. "Mr Amar had raised his concerns regarding these issues not today but two years ago and this could be one of the key reasons behind his dismissal", said former presidential advisor Shahzadah Massoud.

In a letter circulating on local media, Atmar rendered his resignation to the president citing differences with the government over matters related to peace, national unity, election and regional as well as world affairs.

In a statement from the presidential palace, the government confirmed that Atmar will be replaced by Hamdullah Mohib, who now serves as Afghanistan's ambassador to the USA...

The exact details of the rift with Ghani were not immediately clear, but in the past week the Afghan government declined to attend peace talks hosted by Russian Federation that representatives of the Taliban are expected to attend.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani directed the interior and defense ministers and the spy master to continue their duties, rejecting their letters of resignation, said a statement by the Arg presidential palace.

Afghan government officials were not immediately available to confirm the reported presidential directive.

It came as several tents belonging to protesters near the main Election Commission office in the capital Kabul were removed earlier Saturday by police after following threats of attacks, according to security officials.

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